Archdeacon for Rural Mission

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Ipswich
Clergy

ARCHDEACON FOR RURAL MISSION

We are seeking an inspiring and innovative colleague to lead on strategic mission in rural Suffolk for our Growing in God in the Countryside project, strengthening mission and ministry and responding effectively to the challenges of church renewal in rural communities across the Diocese.

Over the next six years this project aims to develop 1500 new rural disciples, 50 small missional groups, a wide variety of new Fresh Expressions of Church, a number of Rural Resourcing Churches and enriched mission and ministry across our existing parishes. As Archdeacon you will lead this project by:

  • Serving God’s mission in rural Suffolk
  • Enabling the discernment of God’s activity and creative and adaptive responses to that activity
  • Commitment to a mixed economy of flourishing congregations
  • Encouraging and supporting clergy and laity in mission
  • Working imaginatively and sensitively across diverse constituencies
  • Enjoying working with a committed, supportive and friendly senior leadership team
  • Leading and communicating strategically and enthusiastically

For an informal conversation please contact Bishop Mike Harrison on 01473 252829. This post is subject to the success of our second stage SDF application.

Full details can be downloaded from www.cofesuffolk.orgor on request by email: diane.matthews@cofesuffolk.org

Closing date for applications 23 November

Interviews Friday 14 December

Leadership for Rural Mission and Project Direction of Growing in God in the Countryside:

  • Be the strategic leader for Rural Mission, especially missional listening in a rural context, able to inspire clergy and laity to respond ambitiously to the challenges of church growth.
  • Act as Missional Lead and Director of the Growing in God in the Countryside project*; with the intention that by 2025:
  • 1,500 new Christian rural disciples are added;
    • 1,400 in rural Expressions of Church
    • 100 new disciples in traditional churches
  • 50 new small missional groups are formed;
    • including at least five focussed for under-25s, all with corresponding development of:
    • Disciple-making leaders: Lay pioneers, Evangelists, Youth Leaders.
    • Community projects, at least 10.
    • 50% more candidates for Ordination.
  • 250 additional baptisms and 100 additional confirmations

*Subject to approval for SDF by the Archbishop’s Council Strategic Investment Board.

  • Be accountable for the use of the SDF; overseeing monitoring, evaluation and measurement of impact, and progress towards achieving the expected aims, outcomes and outputs, throughout the project.
  • Provide line management for Growing in God in the Countryside project posts; including the Project Manager.
  • Be accountable for the oversight of volunteers engaged in Growing in God in the Countryside.
  • Ensure the future sustainability of the work of Growing in God in the Countryside beyond the funded years, particularly in the latter years of the funding.
  • Promote complementarity between pioneering and older models of ministry and be a catalyst for cultural change throughout the diocese, enhancing synergy between rural and urban approaches.
  • Build relationships with community leaders in seeking to discern and recognise where God is already present and at work.
  • Enhance collaboration between social action and faith-sharing initiatives in the countryside.
  • Spearhead new church-planting training and act as an advocate for the evolving patterns of training to complement the needs of apostolic, evangelistic and prophetic styles of ministry.
  • Promote learning from the project within and beyond the Diocese especially through setting up a Regional Learning Community.

For more information about this application process, please use this linkhttp://www.cofesuffolk.org/vacancies/role/archdeacon-for-rural-mission

For more information about this application process, please use this link

With the whole Church of England, the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, comprising most of Suffolk, is focussed on engaging people anew with the Christian faith, forming flourishing congregations and making a difference for good in our communities.

We are well placed to initiate innovative ways as well as develop tried and tested approaches to mission and evangelism. We have a very wide range of existing congregations, in rural, market town and urban communities, and are committed to developing new congregations, pioneering ministry and fresh expressions.

Our aim is four-fold: to grow in depth of faith, to grow numerically, to grow younger, and to grow in our influence for good across Suffolk. To achieve these aims we are focussing on growth in faith and discipleship, on increasing vocations and enhancing training, on shaping our structures and relationships for growth and learning, and on becoming evidently good stewards of our resources, including of our high number of treasured church buildings.

We are seeking an inspiring and innovative colleague to lead on strategic mission in rural Suffolk for our Growing in God in the Countryside project, developing new models of Church and of community engagement through the development of small missional groups, strengthening existing mission and ministry and responding effectively to the challenges of church renewal in rural communities across the Diocese.

Over the next six years this project aims to develop 1,500 new rural disciples, 50 small missional groups, a wide variety of new Fresh Expressions of Church, a number of Rural Resourcing Churches and enriched mission and ministry across our existing parishes.